Mahatma Gandhi already said : “Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviors positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.
Principles linking thinking and results
The well-known Law of Attraction, popularized by books such as the Secret , has certain scientific evidence that I list below.
1. Collateral thinking
Understanding the meaning of collateral thinking (positive thoughts/perceptions and manifestations or negative thoughts/perceptions and manifestations), like attracts like. When we have positive thoughts, we feel good and we transmit it in contrast to when we have negative thoughts. These thoughts have a direct effect on the way we act, interact, perceive and receive.
In addition, among other studies, the research conducted by Wetzel showed that we are more attracted to people with similar opinions, we feel more akin to these people .
2. Change your mood, you have the power to do it
A large part of the Law of Attraction is learning to be an open and happy person and interact with others from this attitude, attracting generosity, kindness, and success, being the reflection of the behavior we observe.
In other words, when someone emanates positivity, this same response is reflected in the brain of the observer. This can produce feedback, which is easily replicated. On the other hand, studies on the amygdala (the emotional center of the brain) show that if we are afraid or anxious we stimulate feelings of fear and anxiety in others .
An additional statement belonging to the Law of Attraction theory states that negative thinking can hinder or prevent success, love, well-being, and human connection. Act as if you have already achieved your goal, the positive, in a realistic and measurable way. Just thinking about positive things will make you feel better and from here you will relate to them better, translating into better results.
3. Limiting beliefs
Follow this process through four steps
- Define what you want .
- Identify what you don’t want.
- Feel what it would be like to have that goal.
- Avoid sabotaging or limiting it.
- Act accordingly .
Geneticists show that limiting beliefs are partly inherited, but thanks to epigenetics we know that other new beliefs can be unlearned and learned.
You should not conform or feel guilty about your limiting beliefs, try to identify them and from here not make them your own, modify them.
4. The Pygmalion effect
Since the self-fulfilling prophecy, the Pygmalion effect , if we believe that we are going to fail or succeed in some activity or performance, it is very possible that our behavior will change so that this will end up happening, since the belief conditions our responses and our way of interpreting reality. In the words of Stephen R. Covey, “Treat a person as they are and they will remain as they are. Treat a person as they can be and could be and they will become what they can and could be”.
When you pronounce the statement “I can’t” or “I don’t want to” you will have that result, you should add the word “” yet” and replace the “no” with the “yes” in your vocabulary.
A professor at the University of Exeter published an article on constructive and repetitive thinking, revealing that people who continually tell themselves that they can achieve a goal are more likely to achieve a positive result .
However, there is a learning curve that is closely related to these principles. Remember, although perfection does not exist, practice almost leads to perfection. The more you practice, the better results you will get, from the security that this learning brings.
If your actions are accompanied by positive thoughts, feelings, and thinking, they will help you to obtain these expected results, or at least will facilitate and give you confidence in the process of achieving constructive results.
After all this, I invite you to put these principles into practice, and verify through thoughts, words, behaviors, habits and values the power you have to achieve or “attract” your goals, as Gandhi said; “because your values become your destiny”.
And remember, “You are the creator of your mind.”